How long until my chicken can lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kileyirene, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. kileyirene

    kileyirene New Egg

    Apr 13, 2016
    Lake Worth, Fl
    I just rescued a chicken and it's about 2 months old and I would like to know when I shold expect eggs. I am also curious about the "box" for Henry to have her nest in. I dont know too much about it, I just heard she needs one to lay her eggs in.
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC.

    Chickens are flock animals, so one of the best things you can get Henry is a friend or two. While some folks maintain single birds as house pets, unless you are able to spend most of your waking hours with your bird it is better to meet their natural social needs.
    We will need to identify the breed of your bird to give you some idea of the expected point of lay. A good general timespan is 20-28 weeks with a couple of weeks on either side as a safe +/- -- with some breeds taking even longer to mature. If you post a photo of your bird we can help you identify the breed.
    Nest boxes are for our convenience. Hens will find a place to lay their eggs and do not "need a box to do so -- the boxes make those eggs easy for us to find and collect.
  3. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 18, 2017
    So, say I want to sell my chickens at 20-28 weeks old. Can I safely say that they will start laying at that time? Is there a way to tell if they will not? How long if I got a Bantam Barred Rock?

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